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Hitchiker's Guide

Postby PMC » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:19 pm

Elon Musk has achieved amazing things getting rockets to land like a ballet. Impressive is not saying enough about his cherry red Tesla travelling in space.

There is video here https://www.pscp.tv/w/1DXxyXggQenJM

The video is long, but can be played ahead by using the playback bar on the bottom.

The best car views begin around the 2:55 mark. The car is turning left. Around 3:10 the earth is behind it.

As a techie I want to know whats happening with the tires and battery in space. The dummy is doing fine :)

Thank you Elon !
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby kal » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:29 am

Rusting shouldn't be a problem. :)
Presumably UV and cosmic radiation will degrade the colour of the car over time.
Presumably radio reception is not good (AM/FM/SiriusXM) now that the car is beyond the geostationary belt.
The battery pack should remain good for years.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby freqfreak2 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:06 pm

kal wrote:The battery pack should remain good for years.


Tesla and Space-X owner Elon Musk suggested at a media availability shortly after the launch that the battery pack would only last 12 hours due to outer space temperatures of -156C.

Too bad Musk's Tesla didn't have an old Sears Diehard battery on board - the only battery ever guaranteed to outlast the cars they were installed in (I drove the living proof of that for almost 20 years).

And imagine what's going through the mind of a customer 29,313rd in line waiting for his Tesla to be built. The one that's now heading past Mars could have moved him up one spot.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby kal » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:35 pm

Yes, the chemistry in the battery pack will come to a halt but if the car is ever recovered, a little warming should bring it right back to life.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby PMC » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:12 am

Was interested in the tires which have earth air and the moisture freezing within.

How about a few of those Starman models on the moon for `moon buggys'....set up with cameras and remote control for the earthlings to drive in a web page :) lol

Call it `Doing donuts on the moon' :)

Seriously, every science teacher can create a sparkle in the eyes of a child with that Tesla and blue marble image. They should give it a name... `The Drive For Tomorrow' as example. It is all amazing stuff etc.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby freqfreak2 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:39 am

kal wrote:Yes, the chemistry in the battery pack will come to a halt but if the car is ever recovered ...

At the same media availability, Musk also spoke of the possibilty of intelligent beings coming across his Tesla.

Would they wonder if we worshipped this thing, Musk offered. Only in his dreams ... given the car's disappointing delivery dates and high price tag.

PMC wrote:Was interested in the tires which have earth air and the moisture freezing within.

If pressurized, the tires would have exploded into a million fragments while spewing frozen vapour.

Chalk the stunt up to "don't try this at home" unless you have unlimited funds.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby PMC » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:41 pm

A nice video piece from CTV on the car being seen in the sky.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.3798873
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby freqfreak2 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:58 pm

PMC wrote:A nice video piece from CTV on the car being seen in the sky.

Cool!

And hopefully when the car bumps into a solar system hosting intelligent life, they'll be able able to figure out the device was a tribute to the father of alternating current who also once dreamed of a wireless electricity supply system.

If you're reading this on a screen, it's thanks to Nikola Tesla.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby PMC » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:23 pm

Global has a few videos. This one is short and shows the rockets landing together.

https://globalnews.ca/video/4023029/her ... r-landing/

Alot of background noise from the crowd watching it etc.
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Re: Hitchiker's Guide

Postby freqfreak2 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:01 pm

Amazing in that I can't drop a pencil this straight from desktop height.

Maybe someday Musk can install broadcast transmission towers this way.
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